Tom Izzo has decided not to take the 5 year $30 million dollar coaching job for the Cleveland Cavilers to stay at Michigan State. Izzo has the head coach of MSU basketball since 1995 and has led the team to a 2000 National Championship and six final fours.
The announcement came Tuesday evening when Izzo held a press conference alongside MSU president Lou Anna Simon and athletic director Mark Hollis.
After a two week courtship many speculated Izzo would take the job especially with LeBron’s approval as thejerseychaser reported Monday.
Izzo addressed the LeBron situation by saying: “Just as I decided to stay home, I hope a 6-8, 270 pound forward in Cleveland decides to stay home.”
I wonder who he was referring to?
While Michigan State Basketball coach Tom Izzo has said he will not leave the college until his Spartans win another championship that is not stopping the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cleveland is desperate to keep all-star LeBron James who is a free agent at the end of this season. So desperate the team has already fired coach Mike Brown and GM Danny Ferry, as they look for a more compatible front office to keep LeBron.
While Izzo has not been offered a contract yet, he is in contact with team owner Dan Gilbert. Gilbert is willing to give Izzo a five year deal for $6 million a season as well as use of his private jet. Currently, Izzo makes $3 million a season with Michigan State.
Other candidates for the Cleveland coaching job are Kentucky coach John Calipari and former Pistons coach Larry Brown. With Dan Gilbert a Michigan native and owner of Rock Financial it seems there is a Michigan connection.